Current Conditions

~April 26, 2015 - Due to record high levels of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu, visitors should be prepared for crowded conditions and heavy traffic during peak visitation times~ More>>

 
The eruption of Kīlauea volcano continues at two locations. In the park, the vent within Halema'uma'u Crater is easily viewed from the overlook at the Jaggar Museum. The second location is the Pu'u 'Ō'ō vent located 10 miles (16km) east of the summit, on the remote east rift zone of Kīlauea. This area is not accessible to the public. There is no lava flowing into or towards the ocean.
 
Halema‘uma‘u lights the morning sky

Halema‘uma‘u Lights the Morning Sky - Photo taken from the Jaggar Museum viewing area on April 24, 2015 @ 5:13 a.m. - Click for full size image

NPS Photo

Fumes and glow from the lava lake within the vent at the summit of Kīlauea may be seen from the Jaggar Museum overlook and other vantage points along Crater Rim Drive.

During the day a robust plume of volcanic gas is a constant and dramatic reminder of the molten rock churning in a lava lake within the crater. After sunset, Halema'uma'u continues to thrill visitors and park staff with a vivid glow that illuminates the clouds and plume (weather permitting).

Park rangers are on duty at the Jaggar Museum to assist the many visitors drawn to the site which has been erupting within the crater since March 2008.

Halemaʻumaʻu web cam (opens in new window).

 
Halema‘uma‘u on April 24, 2015 at 5:20 a.m.

Collapse in Halema‘uma‘u on April 24, 2015 at 5:20 a.m.
Photo taken from Jaggar Museum viewing area.

NPS Photo/S. Geiger

April 26, 2015 - 7:15 AM HST

Activity Summary: The summit of Kīlauea Volcano continues to inflate, and the summit lava lake continues to rise, reaching to within about 4 m (~13 ft) of the Overlook crater rim. Seismicity beneath the summit and the upper East and Southwest Rift Zones is elevated. At the East Rift Zone eruption site, widespread breakouts are active within about 8 km (5 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Summit Observations: Kīlauea's summit continued to inflate over the past day, reaching a total of about 6.5 microradians since inflation started on Tuesday, April 21. This trend has been mirrored by the summit lava lake, which rose about 8 m (~26 ft) since yesterday morning and came within about 4 m (13 ft) of spilling over the Overlook crater rim onto the floor of Halema`uma`u overnight. The lava level was about 6 m (20 ft) below the Overlook crater rim at 7 AM this morning, having fallen slightly with an increase in spattering. Seismic activity beneath Kilauea's summit and upper East and Southwest Rift Zones remains elevated. Sulfur dioxide emission rates averaged 3000-5200 tonnes/day for the week ending April 21.

June 27th Lava Flow Observations: Despite rainy weather and poor visibility, a few fleeting webcam views of flow field incandescence indicate that surface flows remain active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The most distant activity was burning forest about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of the crater when mapped on April 23.


 

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The June 27th lava flows from Pu'u 'Ō'ō are outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's eastern boundary. The flows are inaccessible by foot or by car and the area is closed to the public.

Resources for more information about the lava flows:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
by phone at: (808) 967-8862
by web at: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php

County of Hawai'i Civil Defense
by phone at: (808) 935-0031 (7:45 am - 4:30 pm)
by web at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/

 
April 23, 2015 - lava flow map

April 23, 2015 - Lava Flow Map

Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the flow on April 9 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of April 23 is shown in red. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray.

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March 10, 2015 - small scale lava flow map

April 1, 2015 - Small Scale Lava Flow Map

Courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the flow on March 10, before shutting down near Pāhoa, is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow based on satellite imagery from April 1 is shown in red. Some recent changes north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō are not shown, as that part of the flow field was hidden from satellite view by clouds.

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Satellite Image of Area Around Flow Front

March 10, 2015 - Satellite Image of Area Around Flow Front

Courtesy USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

This large-scale map uses a satellite image acquired in March 2014 (provided by Digital Globe) as a base to show the area around the front of Kīlauea's active East Rift Zone lava flow. The area of the flow on February 27 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow as of March 10 is shown in red.

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The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM;for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth's surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths.

 

The lava lakes in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater and Halemaʻumaʻu crater, as well as other views may be viewed on webcameras made available by the scientists at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Daily updates by staff that monitor Hawaiʻi's volcanoes provide visitors with the most recent observations on volcanic conditions.

 
 
Halema`uma`u vent - June 2, 2011 - web cam view

Webcam view of the lava lake within the summit vent in Halemaʻumaʻu on June  2, 2011.

USGS Webcamera

Links to More Information:

USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Scientist's Daily Updates
Webcams
Air Quality Monitors
Earthquakes - Hawaiʻi
Earthquakes - Worldwide
Multimedia/Photos/Videos

 

If you are interested in more information about the Kīlauea east rift zone, we invite you to watch the video cast of USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory geophysicist Mike Poland from our After Dark in the Park presentation on August 23, 2011. Mike discusses the volcanic history of the area. It's one hour in length and can be viewed here

 
Pu`u `O`o view from Pu`u Huluhulu before the collapse

Scott Rowland of The University of Hawaiʻi captured this shot of Puʻu ʻŌʻō from the Puʻu Huluhulu lookout the evening before Puʻu ʻŌʻō collapsed and the west flank eruption began on August 3rd 2011.

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